Poland's PLN 500 per child programme unlikely to start in January
PR dla Zagranicy
A pre-election programme proposed by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which won elections on 25 October, to allow PLN 500 for each child is unlikely to be implemented by January, although the party has said it is “a priority”.
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“This first campaign promise is a priority,” Henryk Kowalczyk, a PiS MP, said.
Kowalczyk is slated to take over as Poland's Finance Minister in the wake of the PiS election victory.
The party estimates this programme to cost almost PLN 22 billion annually.
“It may not be from January, because it may be technically difficult, but maybe from February, March or April,” Kowalczyk stated in an interview.
Even if a draft bill on the issue becomes effective on 1 January, the first allowance payments are expected in April covering the first three months of the year.
The bill also clarifies which families are entitled to the allowance. Families with only one child are not eligible for the allowance, unless the income of the family is equal to or less than PLN 800 per person per month.
However, families with two or more children will receive PLN 500 (EUR 118, USD 130) for each child, the MP said. (ua/rg/rk)